Indian citizens need to complete visa formalities before travelling to the US. Here are the steps required to apply for a tourist visa (category B):
Step 1: DS-160 form
- Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
- Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully.
- All information must be correct and accurate.
- Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes.
- If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160.
- You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.
Step 2: Visa fee payment
Once you have determined the correct visa type and completed the DS-160, you must pay the visa fee. The current fees for a tourist visa is $160.
- Your passport number
- The visa application fee receipt number.
- The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment, and schedule your appointment.
Step 4: Photo and fingerprints
- A passport valid for travel to the United States with validity dates at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
- Your DS-160 confirmation page.
- Your appointment confirmation page.
- One photograph as per U.S. visa specifications if the applicant is under 14 years of age.
Step 5: Appointment
- A printed copy of your appointment confirmation letter,
- Your DS-160 confirmation page stamped at the VAC
- Your current and all old passports,
- Supporting Documents as per your visa type
Visa Photo Guide
You need to submit a photo along with your application for the US Visa.
- In color
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
- With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
- Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
- Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
- Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
- Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
- Effective November 1, 2016, eyeglasses are no longer allowed in new visa photos, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons; e.g., the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect the applicant's eyes. A medical statement signed by a medical professional/health practitioner must be provided in these cases.
- If you normally wear a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.
If the eyeglasses are accepted for medical reasons:
- The frames of the eyeglasses must not cover the eye(s).
- There must not be glare on eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
- There must not be shadows or refraction from the eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
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